The El Dorado Film Festival begins its first year as one of the multiple cultural activities planned with the South Arkansas Arts Center 50th year anniversary celebration. The mission of the El Dorado Film Festival is to deliver a new cultural experience to South Arkansas that fosters and uplifts a great appreciation of the art of film-making.  Deadline to enter your film into the El Dorado Film Festival is August 18th.

Films may be entered into the festival by going to  The categories are Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Animation and Southern Made films (For this special category all films originating from the southern states –AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL–will be considered.)

There will be a $1000 grand prize awarded to the film that wins “Best of Fest” and a $250 prize awarded in each of the categories to the first place winners!  Filmmakers will also be treated to a special filmmakers’ dinner with the guest of honor being Howard Klausner, screen writer of the film Space Cowboys.

The 2014 El Dorado Film Festival competition is open to all. Registrants must submit a completed registration form and pay entry fee online at Filmmakers Withoutabox, which is linked through the SAAC website for easy access.

Registration and submissions will close at 8:00 pm on August 18, 2014. The deadline for submission of your film is a hard deadline. No films will be accepted or allowed any revisions after the submission deadline. Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance into the fest by the end of August.

The El Dorado Film Festival will be held at the South Arkansas Arts Center, September 18-20.  The three day event includes workshops and panels by industry professionals, a sneak peek of critically acclaimed filmmaker Howie Klausner’s new feature film The Secret Handshake, and screenings of all selected films.

The South Arkansas Arts Center is located at 110 E. Fifth Street in El Dorado, Ark.

For more information about submitting a film, visit